Cherif and Said Kouachi, the two alleged terrorist who attacked the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, were linked to Anwar al-Awlaki, the American imam allegedly killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
“I was sent, me, Cherif Kouachi, by Al Qaeda of Yemen. I went over there and it was Anwar al-Awlaki who financed me,” Kouachi told BFM-TV by telephone prior to an assault by French police, according to Reuters.
A Yemini intelligence told Reuters Kouachi’s brother Said had also met al-Awlaki in Yemen back in 2011.
In 2012 Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who handled intelligence pertaining to al-Qaeda cells under the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Able Danger, said Anwar al-Awlaki was an FBI asset prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Documents released by the watchdog group Judicial Watch revealed al-Awlaki’s cooperation with the FBI and he was, as Fox News reported in October, likely a U.S. government asset.
In 2010, Infowars.com reported that al-Awlaki dined at the Pentagon a few months after the 9/11 attacks.
“American-born cleric Awlaki’s role as a key figure in almost every recent terror plot targeting the United States and Canada, coupled with his visit to the Pentagon, only confirms our long stated position that Awlaki is a chief terrorist patsy-handler for the CIA – he is the federal government’s premier false flag agent,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote.
The government claims al-Awlaki preached to three of the alleged 9/11 hijackers, the accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan and the so-called underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
According to the government, he was promoted to the rank of “regional commander” within al-Qaeda in 2009. He was added the CIA’s list of targets because he was considered an “imminent threat” in 2010.
His association with the accused French terrorists blamed for the Charlie Hebdo massacre brings into doubt the official narrative now emerging.
Do not expect the corporate media, however, to focus on the suspicious relationships of the Kouachi brothers.
Instead, the media will push the official terror narrative calling for additional measures, including robust support for surveillance and military interventions similar to the one reportedly underway in Syria against ISIS, itself a product of the CIA and the U.S. military.